Promising partnerships and good staff relationships are what it takes to stay ahead. Aldi pleases its employees in the UK with a pay rise, Ikea teams up in Portugal and India, while Starbucks and Ubereats have joined forces in the US. Dutch retailer Jumbo collaborates for a good cause, as does fashion chain H&M. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 23 January 2019





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Promising partnerships and good staff relationships are what it takes to stay ahead. Aldi pleases its employees in the UK with a pay rise, Ikea teams up in Portugal and India, while Starbucks and Ubereats have joined forces in the US. Dutch retailer Jumbo collaborates for a good cause, as does fashion chain H&M. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Pay growth in Britain ▪ Aldi has increased the minimum hourly pay rates for its store workers in the UK, strengthening its position as the country’s best-paying grocery chain. According to statistics, British workers currently enjoy the biggest rise in real pay since September 2016, and employment is at a record high.



Portuguese partnership ▪ Swedish furniture chain Ikea and Lidl are reportedly set to 'share synergies' in Portugal (in Spanish). The German discounter will launch a 1,400 square metre store in the commercial zone of Ikea in Loures-Lisbon, due to open this summer. Currently, Lidl operates 250 locations in the country.


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Reporting results ▪ French anti-government protests affected Carrefour's hypermarket sales. The retailer reported fourth-quarter sales of EUR 22.6 billion, in line with expectations, and sees its restructuring plan on track. In Switzerland, Migros enjoyed a 1.3% growth in sales to EUR 25.1 billion for its financial year 2018.




United States


Delivery developments ▪ Starbucks aims to expand its delivery service for coffee drinkers to six more US cities with the help of mobile foodservice app Ubereats. Parcel service UPS and start-up Latch are adding 10 more US cities to their delivery offer after a successful pilot.



Mobile money ▪ Apple Pay is growing rapidly in the US, with discounter Target and foodservice restaurant Taco Bell the latest chains to embrace the digital payment service. Major US retailers and banks now accept Apple Pay, although Walmart and Home Depot haven't adopted it so far.



Takeover talks ▪ French canned vegetable producer Bonduelle has reportedly started negotiations with US company Seneca Foods to acquire a plant in Pennsylvania. The site has a capacity of 45,000 tonnes across seven packaging lines, and large storage capacities.




Asia & Australia


Indian alliances ▪ Ikea India has partnered with realty developer Rustomjee Group to offer furnished homes at an upcoming township project. Reliance Retail has struck a licensing deal with media company Walt Disney to develop and market products under its private label.



Overseas location ▪ British billionaire and Brexit supporter James Dyson is moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer technology firm to Singapore to be closer to his company’s fastest-growing markets, claiming the decision was not driven by Britain’s looming EU departure.



Wine in demand ▪ Australian wine exports have been growing with a double-digit increase in 2018 and a value of AUD 2.81 billion. There was growth to nearly every region in the world last year and demand in almost all price segments, says Wine Australia.




Inspiring initiatives


Fighting waste ▪ Dutch retailer Jumbo has teamed up with mobile platform 'Too Good To Go' for a pilot to prevent food waste. Customers will be offered surplus food that would otherwise end up in dustbins through an app ‘Magic box’ at one-third of its actual value.



Riding for a good cause ▪ Swedish fashion giant H&M is set to reward New Yorkers who want to do their part for the environment and has teamed up with on-demand transportation company Lyft to provide free rides for those interested in donating clothing to the retailer's garment collecting programme.